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Adoption Process




Our Adoption Process:

View our adoptable animals by clicking the button above or by searching for "The Humane Society of Lackawanna County" on PetFinder. We often post our adoptable animals with a description on our Facebook page. Once you have a pet(s) in mind, fill out our online application. Please make sure that all details are filled in on the application. Once your application has been received and processed, someone from our adoptions department will contact you with next steps.


Adoption Return Policy:

If for any reason your adoption doesn't work out, we encourage you to return your pet to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Please contact the shelter before doing so. Please bring all paperwork given at the time of adoption. Please also note, no adoption fees will be refunded. 

Policy on Pet Cosmetic Alterations:

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter's policy is that adopters will not subject adopted pets to any non-medically necessary cosmetic alterations. Such as (but not limited to), ear cropping, de-clawing, tail docking, de-barking, etc. For more information on why de-clawing is never in the cat's best interest, please visit

Adoption Fees

Dog Adoption

Puppy (6mo. and under) - $375

Puppy (6mo. and over) - $300

Dog (1 year and over) - $250

Senior Dogs (12 years old and over) - $90

Dog Adoptions Includes:


DA2ppv Combination Vaccine

Bordetella Vaccine

De-Worming Medication

Flea Treatment 

Spay or Neuter 

Rabies Vaccine

Cat Adoption

Kitten (up to 1 year) - $100

Cat (1 year and over) - $90

Senior Cats (12 years old and over) - $80

Cat Adoptions Includes:


FVRCP Vaccine

Feline Leukemia and FIV Testing

De-Worming Medication

Flea Treatment

Spay or Neuter

Rabies Vaccine

Other Animal Adoption

Rabbits - $75, $100/pair

Guinea Pigs - $20, $30/pair

Rats / Mice - $15, $20/pair

Hamsters / Gerbils - $15, $20/pair

Ferrets $70, $120/pair

Birds $20, $30/pair*

*Price can vary based on breed and size.

Rabbit adoption fee includes microchip.

Senior to Senior 

This program helps seniors (60 years old and up) be united with a cat or dog ages 7 and up.

Senior-to-Senior Dog - $80

Senior-to-Senior Cat - $60

Adoption Fees Explained:

All adoption fees collected assist in the daily care and ongoing needs of our animals during their stay at our shelter. Every animal adopted has been provided a full medical examination along with medical treatment (if needed). Our adoption fee includes vaccinations, a microchip, and the spaying/neutering of the animal. We reserve the right to hold special animal adoption promotions wherein prices may be reduced or waived altogether for a period of time. 

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